To be a Thriving, Need-Meeting and Life Transforming Community with Jesus at the Centre.
Our overriding vision at Christ Church Dingley is to see the Kingdom of God come – in Dingley, our nation and the world – as evidenced by God’s will being done on earth as in heaven. This means we seek to partner with God in what he is doing and with others who share the values and purposes of his kingdom.
To this end, we envision a church that is thriving through the life-giving presence and power of the Holy Spirit in us and shaping our corporate life through the gifts and callings he gives.
The compassion of Jesus and the constraints of his kingdom call us to respond to those needs in our wider community that we are particularly equipped and called by God to serve. We recognise that the deepest human need is to know the love and leadership of God for our lives, and so through prayer and proclamation of God’s word, desire to see lives transformed. The fruit of Jesus’ activity in a person’s life is to place us in the community (the church) where he continues to shape us by truth and love into maturity, which is Christlikeness.
Committed to by those present at a combined service on 6th November 2011.
Scriptural base: 2 John 1, 1 Corinthians 13, Romans 12
We will seek our worth in Jesus Christ not from the praises of people. – Eph 1:3-8, Jn 12:42-43, 1 Jn 3:1
We will seek to love one another as Jesus first loved us – sacrificially. That is, giving of ourselves for one another, even when it hurts. – Jn 15:12-14 Rom 12:9-13, Phil. 2:3-4
We will speak to one another using words of encouragement, seeking to build one another up in love. – 1 Thess 5:11 Eph 4:29, Col 4:6,
We will speak the truth in love and not engage in or condone gossip of any kind. – Eph 4:15-16, Prov. 11:13
We will seek to live in humility, showing meekness (emotional honesty), in our dealings with one another. – Phil. 2:2-4
When we are in conflict with another we will speak directly to the person involved, seeking to be reconciled according to the principles taught in the Word of God. – Matt 18:15-20, Matt 5:23-24
We will practice forgiveness – giving one another freedom to make mistakes, and accepting one another’s repentance when we fail. – Col 3:13-14, Matt 18:21-35
We will pray for our leaders. – Eph 6:18-20, 1 Thess 5:12, Heb 13:7,17
We will stand together against the enemy and, by our life together; seek never to give ground, but rather to advance. – Eph 6:10-20, Jn 17:21, Ps 133